By Miroslav Volf
In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among people and group in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the traits towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides group its due.
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163. , where "personal responsibility" is viewed as the "core of the doctrine of primacy" (p. 43). Concerning the personal reponsibility of the laity, see section 5, "Communio Fidelium," below. 164. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 88. Cf. also "Kirche," note 13. It is revealing that in his book Zur Gemeinschaft gerufen, which seeks to offer "something like an initial guide for Catholic ecclesiology" (p. 9), the chapter on "Origin and Nature of the Church" is followed immediately by the transition to a discussion of the primacy of Peter and the unity of the church.
124 He does not seem to consider the dangerous possibility that the church might not in fact give the last word to the Bible. 125 If receptivity is to be maintained as a basic feature of faith, if faith itself is not to degenerate into a human intellectual or religious construction, the only alternative to ecclesial understanding is that each individual come directly to God's word in scripture. For both hermeneutical and theological reasons, Ratzinger considers this alternative to be mistaken.
116. Ratzinger, "Dogmatische Formeln," 34. 117. In Ratzinger's own opinion, his hemeneutic differs from South American liberation theology only insofar as he prefers to understand the "entire people of God in its synchronic and diachronic extension," rather than merely a specific people, as the point of mediation between then and today (Ratzinger, "Vorwort," 9). 118. Ratzinger, Church, 82. 119. Ratzinger, "Traditionsbegriff," 45. 120. See Ratzinger, "Buchstabe," 257. 121. ; Church, 70ff. 50 122.
After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity by Miroslav Volf